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Carluccios celebrate their sixth

Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and his wife, Priscilla, celebrated the opening of their sixth Carluccio’s café last week with friends from the music, fashion and restaurant industries.

Among the guests who attended the party at the 92-seat café in Smithfields, London, was singer Mick Hucknall of the band Simply Red. Carluccio, who created the recipes for the dishes on the menu, is pictured with Hucknall.

Priscilla, who designed the café‘s interior with design company LSM, is also pictured with Hucknall and fashion designer Jasper Conran. Conran’s father, designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran, was also present.

During the night, guests tucked into Italian foods including mushroom risotto. A pig was also spit-roasted outside the café.

Rankin serves up dinner for 100 in Bradford

Television chef Paul Rankin demonstrated his culinary skills when he cooked a meal for staff, students and guests at the University of Bradford’s School of Management.

Rankin, with chefs from the university, cooked more than 100 portions of herb-crusted salmon with leeks, mushrooms and red wine vinaigrette, followed by pear and raspberry crumble with raspberry cream.

Rankin is pictured with chefs Matthew Greaves and Sharon Pickard.

Pudding success

Steven Hong picked up first prize at last week’s Great British Pudding competition at London’s Westminster Kingsway College.

Hong was one of 11 catering students at the college who took part in the contest. It was organised by the Goring hotel in London, which, until the end of March, will be serving two different puddings in its Dining Room restaurant each day.

Hong, from New Zealand, created a Sussex Pond Pudding containing kumquats, lemon zest and oranges, served with an orange-flavoured English custard. He received as his prize a dinner for four at the Goring and a magnum of Ruinart Champagne. Second prize went to Hannah Cava and third prize to Scott McCarthy.

The judges included the London Evening Standard‘s food critic, Fay Maschler.

Rye caterers Association turns 40

The Rye and District Hotels and Caterers Association celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala dinner at the Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex.

Pictured from left to right are: Jean de Courcy, of the Rye Lodge hotel; Jeffrey Epstein, founder and chief executive of Best Loved Hotels; Kerry de Courcy, honorary chief executive of the Rye and District Hotels and Caterers Association; Tim Hadcock-Mackay, chairman of Grand Heritage Hotels International; Christopher Bond, chairman of the Chester Grosvenor hotel; James Brown, chief executive of the Academy of Food and Wine Service; councillor Geraldine Bromley, past speaker of the Federation of the Cinque Ports; Bob Cotton, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association; Robert Bromley, a regional inspector for Johansens; and David Wood, chief executive of the HCIMA.

Most Excellent news for new hall

Caroline Parkes, general manager of New Hall hotel in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, picked up the Most Excellent Venue (Hotel) award at a recent Cond‚ Nast Johansens awards ceremony.

The 2002 Awards for Excellence – Recommended Venues for Business Meetings, Conferences and Events, took place at Vogue House in Hanover Square, London.

Parkes received her award from Stuart Johnson, publishing director of Cond‚ Nast Johansens.

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